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Learning to walk again after breaking a leg or hip, having a stroke, prosthetic, or partial paralysis depends on a lot of persistence and an excellent rehabilitation program that can guide you through gait training. Movement scientist Dr. Melvyn Roerdink from The Netherlands has developed a super smart, oversized treadmill that helps rehab patients gain confidence in their new gaits, with bells, whistles, and even light shows.
For many of the 13 million Americans currently at risk for non-melanoma skin cancers, the VivoSight® Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner will be a blessing in their dermatologists' tool closet. The device, just approved for clinical use by the FDA, offers real-time laser imaging of a patient's skin, enabling better, and sometimes immediate, treatment of basal or squamous cell cancers.
They keep making 'em bigger and bigger. Hitachi GST's latest lines of hard disks use ultra-dense platters that can hold 1TB apiece, allowing promising future developments for media gurus and digital packrats everywhere.
For the third year in a row, the Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organication that promotes the study and imitation of designs found in nature, is sponsoring the Biomimicry Student Design Challenge. This year the Challenge, which is open to college students world-wide, is to use biomimicry to design a solution that results in more efficient use of energy and ultimately reduces greenhouse gases. No small feat, but the Institute provides students with plenty of resources on biomimicry....
Experiments with acne-piercing lasers have been conducted before, but this time, the laser electron is not "the size of an entire hospital," but the size of a DVD player. The unique laser system, the Raman Fiber Laser, has the potential to permanently alter sebaceous glands, those that give rise to pimples and acne, the bane of adolescence.
PC audio giant Creative Labs has announced a brand new audio processor, dubbed the Core3D, with a whopping four processing cores and a highly integrated design to lower sound card complexity.